Karuru Speaks On Footballers’ Earnings In Saudi Arabia

Warriors midfielder Ovidy Karuru says people should not underestimate Saudi Arabia’s second-tier league.

Karuru (33), who recently spent six months playing for Al-Shoalah, told KickOff that the Saudi second-tier division pays good money. He said:

Some teams in that league (Saudi Arabia second tier league) pay players winning bonuses of up to US$4 000 towards the end of the season which you get after the game in cash.

After we won our last game and survived, we were given winning bonuses of 25 000 Saudi Riyal (approx. R113 000).

The plus about staying in the Middle East is that the lifestyle doesn’t demand so much.

R200 worth of fuel is a lot and you don’t have to be dressed up because nobody cares about that as they were their long Arabic garment.

I had three tops and three bottoms in six months there because I was always at home alone.

It is extremely hot during the day, so you don’t go anywhere, they don’t speak English, there are no pubs, and the women don’t even look at you so all your money stays in your pocket unlike in South Africa where you spend easily as there are always temptations.

Karuru is currently a free agent after his short-term contract with Al-Shoalah expired.

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